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Minister for Health needs to up his game as 522 people on trolleys today – Carthy

28 January, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking today after figures released from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association this afternoon show that there are 522 people across the country’s hospitals unable to access a bed and are on trolleys, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy has called on the Minister for Health to intervene and resolve the situation.

Carthy said:

“The figures released by the INMO today show that 522 people are on hospital trolleys, the highest figure in the last three weeks.

“Having met with members of the INMO in Galway in recent weeks, I am aware that nursing staff are at the end of their tether.

“Many feel that the current crisis was brought on by the closure of smaller peripheral hospitals such as Roscommon during the height of the Government’s slashing of public services in a short sighted attempt to cut costs.

“It is clearly evident by the recent surge in the numbers of those on trolleys that the measures taken by the Minister to ease the crisis in recent weeks have not addressed the problem in any real way.

“The staff I spoke to outlined the need for local practical solutions to be implemented hospital by hospital – they have outlined the need for an extension of the Community Intervention Teams, lifting the recruitment moratorium on public health nurses and more beds to be made available if this issue is to be resolved.

“The simple fact of the matter is that this is an issue that has been ignored by the current and previous Governments and it is high time that it was tacked once and for all.

“We all know that our nursing staff can do more with less – unfortunately they have been called upon to prove this time and time again- but it is morally unacceptable to allow our nursing staff and patients carry the can for failed Government policy.

“I am calling on the Minister for Health to address this issue as a matter of urgency and work with staff and relevant stakeholders to find a solution that is sustainable.”

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